Great vintage! Great price! Excellent rating!
The Decoster family began producing this Grand Cru Classé in 2001. The family farms 58 acres of 49 parcels of densely planted vines averaging 40 years of age on a combination of clay and limestone soils. Yields for the 2018 were about 3 tons per acre.
Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled tronco-conical stainless steel vats. Micro-vinification is employed in twenty 500-litre barrels (around 10% of the production). The wine is then racked to new French oak barrels to age for 12 to 14 months. A small amount (3% of the production) of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from older vines are aged in two 750 litre Tava amphoras. 14.5% alcohol. Total production is 12,000 cases. Decant for at least 2 hours. Best to Drink 2023 to 2042.
“Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Fleur Cardinale—composed of 74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon—leaps from the glass with vibrant notes of wild blueberries, crushed blackberries and ripe, juicy plums, plus hints of sandalwood, unsmoked cigars, menthol and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is chock-full of ripe black and blue fruits, framed by velvety tannins and beautiful freshness, finishing long with lots of mineral and exotic spice layers. A very stylish Saint-Émilion!” – 94+ points, Wine Advocate